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Filmmaker and actor Tyler Perry was in Naples Thursday, joining Rev. Al Sharpton and NAACP leader Ben Jealous at a news conference to discuss a couple of missing person's cases.
Perry brought the pledge of $100,000 for information that would solve these cases along with him.
Perry said the reward money was unmistakably meant as an attention-getting device, but was emphatic about the reward being real.
He said the media doesn't pay enough attention to missing person cases that involve minorities, and it was hoped that the Thursday news conference ... and the reward ... might inspire the media to take that observation to heart.
Perry, Rev. Sharpton, and Ben Jealous were in Naples specifically to address the disappearances of Terrence Williams and Felipe Santos in 2003. The two men vanished three months apart.
Each of them disappeared after crossing paths with Collier County Sheriff's Deputy Steven Calkins.
Calkins was later fired from his job, but was never charged in connection with the cases.